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Dec. 31, 2009

The mischievous noughties

by Mandy Xu, News and Entertainment editor
To say the least, the noughties, another term for the 2000s, have been an interesting decade, but they didn't turn out to be the happiest in history. The nation recently went through the worst economic depression since the 1930s, a frightening terrorist attack in 2001, two wars and a devastating natural disaster. The moments the nation failed to experience are also upsetting. Even with a new presidential administration, wars are continuing and health care reform has yet to materialize.

Confetti and streamers are remnants of 2008's New Year's Eve Celebration in Times Square. <i>Picture courtesy of the New York Times.</i> Courtesy of New York Times
Confetti and streamers are remnants of 2008's New Year's Eve Celebration in Times Square. Picture courtesy of the New York Times.
This decade, the nation also witnessed the shocking deaths of numerous celebrities, from Heath Ledger to Michael Jackson to, most recently, Brittany Murphy. These performers held so much promise and had bright futures that terminated too quickly.

Simultaneously the decade offered a chance for the nation to start fresh. The progress the nation has made in the 2000s indicates promising and positive changes in the future. Political barriers have been broken in Washington, D.C., as Barack Obama was elected as the 44th president and Sonia Sotomayor nominated and confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice.

The noughties also gave birth to one of the most important inventions in history - the Internet. As a result of the technology, online media exploded and life's pace grew quicker. Now, search engines, email and web sites allow a steady stream of information. Online social networks, such as MySpace, Facebook and Twitter have sprung up like dandelions, connecting people across the nation and the world.

2010 only serves more promise. Why not use the Internet to create a new direction or lead the way to change? This medium is not simply there to provide a way to write statuses or post pictures. It provides a form of expression and an endless source of available attention. We must utilize the golden opportunity of a new beginning to change and make a difference. A new year always comes with glitter, bright lights and parties. It also comes with expectations that can be shattered or fulfilled. Let's resolve to make 2010 better than the last.

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  • Kevin Hawkins (View Email) on January 1, 2010 at 7:26 PM
    Nicely put. Short, sweet, and 'to the point.'
  • 2010 is indeed a superior year on January 2, 2010 at 12:03 AM
    To be honest this blog is kind of a disappointment.
    You are supposedly reflecting upon the entire decade but almost all your examples are from this year. Of all the political craziness of the past years you chose only the most recent events. Bush presided for 8 out of these 10 years, and certainly gives a lot to talk about, but there was no mention of him. And the celebrity deaths? With all respect to Ms. Murphy, do you think her death was really one of the most prominent of the _decade_??
    This blog is not really much of a "reflection" at all, you are simply stating just some random occurrences that happened over the past few years -- and even those are oddly chosen. I would have liked to see not only a more representative set of events but maybe a more interesting analysis. I didn't come away with anything new after reading this. And how exactly were the noughties "mischievous"???
    I think you had some problems with setting your scope too wide here.
  • The Internet on January 2, 2010 at 5:32 PM
    Hi, the internet here. I was actually first conceived in the 60s, but didn't come into existence commercially until the 90s. I was most definitely not, as this article says, invented in the 00s. Just wanted to clear that up.
    • crossley on January 3, 2010 at 12:49 AM
      Perhaps it would have been more wise for the writer to address the rise of social networks and stuff, solely. But the internet as a whole? No way. I remember e-mail and playing games like crazy on the internet in the 90s.
    • Adam Maisto (View Email) on January 3, 2010 at 1:49 PM
      I can't agree more, although I will say that the web experienced the most growth in the noughties. You can't argue with that.
  • the internet on January 2, 2010 at 6:41 PM
    "The noughties also gave birth to one of the most important inventions in history - the Internet. "
    while i guess this decade was when the rapid growth of the internet occurred, you can nott say it was the "birth" of the invention. the internet existed and was quite popular, for even recreation, in the 90s for sure.

  • Hmm on January 3, 2010 at 11:55 AM
    This definitely seemed to have a focus on 2009, and but what can you expect from someone who was 5 years old when the decade began? obviously as teenagers we're too young to really have an understanding of what happened at the beginning of the decade
  • krumble on January 4, 2010 at 1:39 PM
    This is really sparse. Four short paragraphs on the decade is definitely not enough to even touch on some key aspects of the past 10 years. Also, as far as I can tell the 2000s are called the Aughts.
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